After spending some time in the BlackBerry Beta Zone, the latest update to BBM has now arrived in BlackBerry World and is available to all. This release is packing quite a few features including the ability to hide purchased sticker packs as well as the option to chat with contacts from your address book. The full change log is listed.
- Start chatting with your address book contacts that are already using BBM – No invite required!
- We’ve bundled timed pictures, timed messages and retracted messages into a new BBM Subscription.
- Broadcast messages can now be sent to specific categories.
- Manage your Stickers – Choose which sticker packs are displayed in your Sticker Picker.
- Improved Voice Chat experience.nYou now have the option to block receiving messages from a multi-person chat.
BBM Protected Updates:
- Support autopassphrase in BBM Protected Groups so users don’t have to manually enter a passphrase
- Address file/picture transfer issues under BBM Protected and Protected Plus
- Improvements to Protected manual passphrase exchange – Requires both contacts to be running v2.8 on iOS and Android or v10.8 on BlackBerry 10
Essentially, this update is a compilation of the past few Beta Zone releases, so it’s a pretty complete package. You’ll find the update live in BlackBerry World right now.